CJI-headed constitution bench to hear petitions challenging validity of Aadhaar on Jan 17
Apart from this, the constitution bench will hear petitions against the IPC provision that makes adultery an offence, Section 377 that criminalises homosexuality, a ban on the entry of menstruating women in Sabarimala templeindia Updated: Jan 14, 2018 19:18 IST
A five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra will begin hearing on Wednesday petitions challenging the validity of the 12-digit biometric identification number Aadhaar, says a Supreme Court registry notice issued on Saturday.
The notice does not specify the composition of the bench, but the other four judges are likely to be AK Sikri, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan. They were part of the bench that extended on December 15 the deadline for linking Aadhaar with mobile phone numbers and new bank accounts to March 31 this year.
The court had said people can open accounts by submitting the application number for Aadhaar, but it had to be furnished to the banks by March 31.
The notice lists three more cases to be heard by the constitution bench. These are petitions against the Indian Penal Code (IPC) provision that makes adultery an offence against a man and not a woman; Section 377 of the IPC that criminalises homosexuality; and a ban on the entry of women between 10 and 50 years in Kerala’s Sabarimala temple.
The bench will hear a case filed by two Parsi women questioning a Gujarat high court verdict that said a woman loses her religious identity once she marries a man from another religion.
Other contentious matters to be taken up include a petition that sought to know when a lawmaker, facing a criminal trial, stands disqualified.
The top court notice does not make it clear whether the bench hearing the Aadhaar petitions will hear other cases as well. According to practice and convention, once the bench is notified it does not change unless a fresh notice is issued. Hence, it is possible the same judges will hear all the cases.